knock·​about | \ ˈnäk-ə-ˌbau̇t How to pronounce knockabout (audio) \

Definition of knockabout

1 : suitable for rough use knockabout clothing
2a : being noisy and rough : boisterous knockabout games
b : characterized by boisterous antics and often extravagant burlesque knockabout comedy
3 of a sailing vessel : having a simplified rig marked by absence of bowsprit and topmast a knockabout sloop

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Examples of knockabout in a Sentence

He lived a knockabout life in the city. a knockabout game of football in the mud
Recent Examples on the Web Though thematically vague, thinly plotted and without a reliably sympathetic soul to cling to, the movie has a mutinous energy and an absurd, knockabout charm; even its violence is more quirky than brutal. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: In 'Trespass Against Us,' a Thieving Clan and a Yearning to Escape," 19 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of knockabout

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of knockabout was in 1880

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“Knockabout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of knockabout

: noisy or rough often in a silly or amusing way

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